About us


Welcome to Property Management (IM)

The KIT as a merger of the former Karlsruhe Research Center and the Technical University of Karlsruhe (TH) uses areas and buildings on several sites: In city of Karlsruhe, the sites Campus South, Campus East and Campus West are located, while Campus North is located in the Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen district. There are also other locations in Garmisch-Patenkirchen (Alpine Campus), in Ulm, in Berlin and in Dresden. In total, KIT uses almost 500 buildings (without containers, garages, etc.).

As the "Research University in the Helmholtz Association", KIT performs both university and large-scale research sector tasks. The specifics of the tasks are reflected in the structure and functionality of the KIT's real estate and properties. The large number of uses and users underlines the diversity of our activities.

In a nutshell

Who we are?

We are the Business Unit of the KIT which is responsible for the development and management of all properties and areas. The development of real estate and properties is particularly promoted within the framework of structural development planning. IM manages all areas, records all changes (usages/users), and administers rentals and leases. We are affiliated to the department of the Vice President for Economics and Finance.

What we do?

The Business Unit Property Management (IM) is responsible for the management of the real estate portfolio and the use of space. As part of the structural development planning, a chronological sequence of refurbishments, replacement buildings and new buildings is planned (linked to a financing plan) and continuously updated. In this way, we ensure optimum long-term use of the properties throughout their entire life cycle. For the properties on the South and West campuses, we coordinate this with the Landesbetrieb Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg (VBA).

The guidelines for the allocation of space which describe the criteria and procedures for the allocation of space, are an important basis for space management. This ensures the effective and efficient management of the (scarce) resource space.

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Our tasks

... in space management:

How can the employees of an organizational unit be accommodated best and most efficiently in the KIT buildings? Where can employees temporarily move into rooms during relocations?

We deal with these and many other questions in space management and focus on the objective of optimal space utilization. Our concrete tasks are:

  • Processing of requirements for space relocation in planned construction projects, relocations and temporary solutions
  • Creation of requirement profiles in cooperation with our users
  • Development of occupancy strategies with an overview of long-term use in coordination with the departmental and divisional management
  • Processing of requests for needs, operational responsibility for the principles and procedures
  • Recording and maintenance of data of existing properties and rented space
  • Sale and lease of developed or undeveloped land and real estate (large-scale research sector)
  • Supervision of rentals and leases, including assistance in the preparation and conclusion of rental contracts and supplements, ongoing contract management and clarification of contractual disputes
  • Checking or preparation of operating cost accounts
  • Supporting coordination of the organizational units in the execution of relocations

With inquiries concerning the Property Management please contact flaechenmanagement∂im.kit.edu.

... in structural development planning:

Is it better to construct new buildings, convert existing buildings or extend them with additional buildings, e.g. an annex to existing buildings? What course can already be set for the development of construction project? How can the various locations be used and developed sustainably? In which steps can the renovation backlog be completed?

We deal with these and many other questions in the project of Structural Development Planning (BEP). In concrete terms, our tasks include:

  • Development and introduction of analytical tools for demand analysis/space requirements measurement and basic evaluation
  • calculations of cost/utilization and profitability analyses as a means for structural condition assessment; comprehensive gathering of the structural condition of all KIT   buildings
  • Analysis of the potentials of KIT real estate
  • Elaboration of structural development concepts which show scenarios on the basis of the mentioned analyses and transfer them into realization concepts
  • Bringing construction project developments systematically and transparently into chronological order
  • Developing evaluation and communication processes to efficiently integrate users and decision makers into the processes


Head of Property Management

Matthias Hess
Campus North
Building: 0141, Room: 714
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Phone: +49 721 608-21130
E-Mail:  matthias.hess∂kit edu